EpiFinder Reaches Washington D.C. and the Conference Begins

The day before the American Epilepsy Society conference began, Neel and Kristi drove all the way from Nashville to Washington D.C. Their after-dark arrival marked the completion of EpiFinder’s cross-country road trip. In less than two weeks, the EpiFinder team had journeyed 3,200 miles. Neel and Kristi had driven from Phoenix to D.C., from the southwest to the northeast.

Neel’s fellow co-founder Robert Yao and EpiFinder team members Edgar Salinas (Research Project Manager) and Daniel Messick (Business Development Executive) took a simpler path. They flew.

Why had Neel and Kristi spent days on the road churning through gallons of gas and pounds of granola bars? They had hit the pavement to spread the word about EpiFinder to as many people as possible. This, too, was a primary goal of attending the conference.

This December’s American Epilepsy Society conference marked its 71st annual meeting. The conference attracted medical professionals and scholars from all over the world. The symposia, lectures, exhibits, dinners, and other events spanned five days. Among the numerous attendees were epileptologists, neurologists, researchers, students, doctors, nurses, lab scientists, and representatives from top universities. The conference is the biggest in the field of epilepsy.

In Neel’s words, the EpiFinder conference team—now expanded to five— hoped “to connect, collaborate, and network with some of the leading healthcare professionals and industry partners from all across the world and share our tool to empower doctor-patient interactions and to advance epilepsy research.”

And that was just what we did.

On the first day of the conference, our team got to work on the exhibit floor early. Everything was ready to go by long before the noon start—displays, computers, software, and swag.

EpiFinder’s booth had a prime spot on the exhibit floor. We were right next to Mayo Medical Laboratories, CURE, and Cleveland Clinic. As conference attendees came to our booth between events, our team explained EpiFinder. We walked hundreds of medical professionals through our software and showed how EpiFinder simplifies and improves the doctor-patient relationship, as well as epilepsy diagnosis. Our talks referenced a paper that Neel and Robert co-authored with Mayo Clinic professionals, which delves into specifics related to how EpiFinder benefits epilepsy diagnosis. (If you are curious, please give our paper a read!)

“It was great,” Neel says. “On day one, the exhibit time was from noon to 6:00. Typically, people arrived on the exhibit floor earlier. People came to our area from 11:00 to 7:00.”

Our team met with all kinds of medical professionals from all kinds of places. The conference lunch was served on the exhibit floor, and attendees came in for food and refreshment. Many stopped by our booth. We were very happy to meet new people. We were always curious to hear what other conference attendees did in the field of epilepsy. We heard some incredible stories. We were also curious to discuss collaboration. Neel estimates that two or three thousand people attended the conference on day one. Some 250 people stopped by the EpiFinder booth. Some folks even spent two hours with EpiFinder, often heading off to other events and returning afterward to learn more about the novel service we provide.

We will be sharing some fascinating info from the conference in the coming days. And once the five-day conference ends, the road trip back begins.


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